Recreational Observation

Summer trail to eastern bowls off Rock, approach unnamed chute above Berne from the north and ski mank/recrystalized back to epic "gladed tree runs" above Berne

Jan. 3, 2018, 2 p.m. PST

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Weather: Strong easterly wind, Sun, on ridges. Clouds and cool inversion building late in the day.

Snowpack: Quick tests on E sope at 5500' showed ECT 18P and ECT 21P on a mystery weak layer ~14" down. Layer possibly trailed the end of the 12/29 storm. Appeared to be a density change in the storm or wind deposition post-storm. Widespread faceting below treeline breaking down the rain/sun crusts. Cavity hoar and faceting below the crust below and at treeline. We have a diverse, mixed bag of potential weak layers for the next storm to lie upon.

Area Description: Rock Mountain - Nason Ridge

Avalanches: Obvious natural avalanches on solar and southerly slopes. Obvious storm slabs on all aspects were shallowly buried after the 12/29 storm blew through. It looked like most big terrain ran once or twice above treeline during the storm.

Observation by Hough-Snee Cedar Street Squad

Latitude: 47.799696

Longitude: -120.974407

Did you see any avalanches? Yes

Did you trigger any avalanches? No

Was anyone caught in an Avalanche? No